Lance Benzel

Out There Reporter

Lance Benzel reports on outdoor recreation along with feature stories - occasionally dipping into hard news. Benzel is a former courts reporter at The Gazette.

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Disc golfers celebrate christening of new Colorado Springs course

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With a powerful right-hand toss, Nathan Winfield hurled a flying disc near an oxbow of Fountain Creek hoping he hadn't just tossed away $15.

Lost discs, it turns out, are just part of the fun at Aviary Disc...

Plan to build Ute Pass trail closer to completion


A longstanding plan to build a multiuse trail up Ute Pass is one step closer to being complete.

El Paso County planners this month unveiled a proposed route for a 5-mile segment between Manitou Springs and...

Colorado Springs couple transforms area summits into temporary radio stations

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Stuck on the summit without a signal?

Stay calm and reach for the breath mints - at least that's the unlikely advice that Frank and Lynn Skinner might offer.

The husband and wife from Colorado Springs...

Stunning views and abundant trails await visitors who discover town near Vail


In a clutch of scrub pine overlooking the town of Eagle, mountain biker Sam Adams slowed to a halt just long enough to consider his good fortune.

Before him was a panoramic view of the snow-covered Sawatch...

Colorado ski resort set to expand by 500 acres

By: Lance Benzel

If all goes to plan, Crested Butte Mountain Resort will usher in a 500-acre expansion within the next few years, adding expert ski terrain, lifts, 15 miles of mountain biking trails and other improvements.


New bike lane in Colorado Springs labeled a 'death trap'

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Colorado Springs cyclists are sounding alarms over new bikes lanes at the Union Boulevard/Austin Bluffs Parkway interchange, calling them a dangerous, confusing addition at a time when the city is trying to become...

Colorado by trail: 5 classic backpacking trips in the state


You've inventoried your gear, cleaned your water filter and replaced your boot laces.

And now that the snow is melting from the high country, it's all about to pay off.

Here are five suggested...

Be aware of bees this time of year around Colorado Springs, but don't despair

By: Lance Benzel

When honeybees come swarming to a bough near you, don't balk - celebrate.

Then call the Pikes Peak Beekeepers Association to have the bees safely and humanely cleared out.

Every year around this time,...